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Lingerie shoot

What a lovely day yesterday was!

Firstly, it was my fifth wedding anniversary (yay us!) and secondly I had a great day down in Surrey, with Clarissa Jorquera as my wonderful “First Assist” make-up artist, doing the make-up for five lovely young ladies on the lingerie shoot for Satin Lillie Creations!

We were down there for 9am, and created individual looks for each model to suit them and the outfits they were wearing. Robyn, the designer and creator of Satin Lillie Creations, was specific about a couple of things that she really did/didn’t want for two of the models. They were easy things to accommodate (“I’d like her eyes dark, her eyes not dark”, etc) and the day seemed to go really well. Throughout the shoot all the models really needed was lip touch-ups, so once we were finished with everyone (and had checked how they were looking on camera), we were able to relax and enjoy the lovely sandwiches, fruit and coffee that Robyn had set up for everyone (so thankful for the coffee since I’d been up since 6:20am, haha!). The hair stylist Dana Demure changed each models hair styles a few times and did a great job, they all looked lovely! Dana went with a 1960′s theme of big hair and curls so we had some serious bombshells on set! :-)

Each model had five outfits each to wear and Robyn had set up a “bedroom” in her back garden using her lovely “sleigh” bed as a prop. The photographer not only used the “bedroom”, she used various areas of the garden (such as the big tree in the middle) as a backdrop. I can’t wait to see the finished results. I don’t really know anything about photography but it did look like a decent professional set-up Tara Cummings (of JuxtaPozin Arts) had going.

Out of the collection there was definitely one piece that stood out for all of us. It was a gorgeous long, white satin dress/nightgown with crystals dotted about. When the model, Aleasha, walked out of the changing area and onto the set everyone went to watch. It was beautiful! Perfect for any bride (could even be used as a classical, lightweight wedding dress!).

Robyn was kind enough to gift to me a lovely robe as an anniversary gift, and there are some pieces that I’m actually going to buy from her the next time we meet up! :-)

All in all a wonderful day. Thankyou to everyone involved!

Rising Unicorn: Alethea

Eddie from Ziggy Productions has put out another video from the Rising Unicorn collection.I’m so glad Eddie’s put together a video for the fairy as she was stunning out there in the cold damp forest of Stanley Park in October, climbing trees and jumping through streams, haha!

Her make-up was really simple. It ws clean beauty with nice long lashes, some gold leaves glued to the outer edge of her face and gold spotted around her eyes and on her lips. You can’t really see it in the video though, but I don’t mind so much, she still looks lovely :-)

This is the fairy Alethea:

First shoot day!

It was a nice, easy first day for me on Monday, in a low-light room with basic make-up looks for one young woman and two young men.

I was put into a small cubby hole with flickering lights and a tiny shelf on which to put the make-up (on top of a nice, clean towel of my own of course). It was fun, and I figure I’m bound to work in worse places as build my portfolio ;-) I got to see two young ladies that I met at the make-up rehearsal and then I got to meet the three young men which play the leads across from the women. I can’t remember all their names but I’ll make a note of them when we next shoot and let you know who they are!

Our next shoot days are outside, with the young ladies, so more concentration needed for those looks ;-) Although we had a rehearsal day for their make-up I’ve had a word with Damian and decided to modify (read: change completely) the looks we tried. It was, after all, only a practice day to see what worked and what didn’t so mods are to be expected. We all want the characters to be realistic and suit the looks we give them, so these mods are a good thing!

As soon as Damian allows me to put up photos from on set then I’ll show you what we’re up to, so stay tuned for more…

Make-up for VISI last night

If you’ve ever been to the UBC campus and found you way around easily then I applaud you! That campus is bigger than my home town of Whitehaven, I’m sure of it. I knew it would be big, but I got such a shock at the size of the place that I got all disorientated and to be honest, a little bit lost (oops!).

I eventually found the Frederic Woods theatre where the VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute) were to perform with the kind help of complete strangers and Diana Sepulveda the Costume Designer for the show.

I wasn’t the only Make-Up artist they had fond to help, so a couple of quick make-overs later I was all done. They wanted a subtle “dead” look for the singers who were performing “Spoon River”, so I used a mixture of pale cream foundation, black and brown eye shadows with a little bit of red under the eyes and plenty of pale powder to set the looks.

Stand-in MUA for the Morning

I stood in for Karin Shoji today on a shoot for a local hospital. The filming is for an information DVD which I think gets given to patients who are about to have surgery (from what I heard the presenter saying ;-) ). I did natural make-up for four people, each with different skin tones and features, then Karin arrived to take over and continue for the rest of the day. I’m pretty sure there were more people to be done later in the day as well whom Karin will be looking after.

All in all I learnt a few things, received another call-sheet (which are good to use as proof of working status to get memberships and discounts, etc), I got to use some of my new products (Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine for example) and my confidence is growing.

I also got to use my new make-up belt which I bought second hand but is in great condition (I love Craigslist! ;-) ) It’s a MAC brush belt which obviously looks good but it is really functional too and holds all the things I need it to hold! I do like the convenience of a belt, but having to look passed my (reasonably sized) chest to see what brush I’m picking out is a bit of a pain, haha! A belt definately saves on bench space which can be an issue on set, but given the option, I think I prefer having everything laid out in front of me on a table/work bench as this way everything is in sight. Maybe if I hang the belt over a shoulder and wear it like a bag it might feel a bit better for me, what do you think? I’ve seen other MUA’s wear it that way.

Building Up A Portfolio

So most of my time at the moment is spent looking for projects to work on. CraigsList.ca is great for this and I have a few people on the look out ;-)
Most postings ask for Key Make-up artists which I dont think I’m ready for as I want to gain more experience on set/location working with other MUA’s that have more experience than me, but there are a few things out there looking for additional help so I’m basically sending out emails offering myself as a spare pair of hands. Everything depends on whether or not they reply :-/
There are, however, local Photographers looking to collaborate to build their portfolios and I definitely think I am ready for that! I have so many ideas for looks I want to create. Some nice clean beauty shots and other wild and weird. All I need now is a chance to bring them to life ;-). I think once I have a few great pictures I’ll set up a ModelMayhem page!

I’m still waiting to hear when I can use the images from the Pilot show I worked on. I think they’ll be a nice start to my portfolio :-)

I love YouTube!

You can find anyone and anything on YouTube!  I search it for tutorial videos from business entrepreneurs, make-up artists and episodes of 1980′s cartoons (ah, the memories! Thunder, Thunder, Thunder Cats…) ;-).

Someone I found recently is a MUA based in the UK called Wayne Goss. I love his videos as they are full of useful info about professional quality products, which products you can save a few pennies on and great tutorials. (He’s not exactly an eyesore either ;-))

I’ve popped his show-reel into this post as I feel I should share him with the world. Hope he doesn’t mind! Ah, heck, he’s on YouTube so he’s abviously not shy ;-) Check him out: